Rep. Loretta Sanchez – No one is working harder for Orange County

Rep. Sanchez greets district resident at Anaheim Vons

During the Congressional recess Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez has been at home in her central Orange County district. She hasn’t been kicking back on vacation though, she’s been out in her district talking to voters about their needs and finding ways to help. But that isn’t unusual, because with the exception of when she is on Congressional business, she is at home in her district every weekend. Every month, Congresswoman Sanchez holds a District Office Hours event at a local market. This Saturday, she was at the Vons Market on Lincoln Avenue in Anaheim.

During the hour and a half she was there, Loretta and her district office staff, assisted dozens of residents with needs ranging from immigration questions to seeking information about where to get assistance during these tough economic times. Congresswoman Sanchez told me the number one question she gets is about jobs and what she is doing to help. “What are you doing about jobs Loretta? I’ve been out of work for over a year, and I need to support my family?”  That’s what they tell me Sanchez says. Sanchez told me of one man who came to talk with her earlier this year who told her; “I’m a Republican why are the Republicans saying they don’t want to extend unemployment benefits because they think I’m lazy and don’t want to work. Why are they so out of touch?”

Loretta shrugs her shoulders; “All I can tell them is what I am doing to help. In September I was the only member of Orange County’s Congressional delegation to support the extension of unemployment benefits and to provide the money to states to pay for teachers, police, and fire fighters and keep them on the job. My colleagues,” Sanchez said, “all said no, no, no. They said the cost was not paid for but that’s not true. It is paid for by cutting off tax loopholes for companies hiding their profits abroad. They just don’t like how we paid for it.”

Congresswoman Sanchez points out that even though the Republicans have mapped out a strategy of opposing everything, “the 111th Congress has been the most productive Congress in decades.”

Some of the accomplishments Sanchez cited were:

  • American Recovery and Reinvestment Act – Creates or saves 3.5 million jobs and invests in the future – in clean energy, health care, and infrastructure – to put our nation back on the road to recovery and transform it for long-term growth and stability.
  • Credit Cardholders’ Bill of Rights Act – Provides needed protection for consumers from unfair and arbitrary practices employed by credit card companies.
  • Helping Families Save Their Homes Act – Implements provisions included in the Homeowner Affordability and Stability Plan, including key incentives to encourage lenders to negotiate affordable mortgages for responsible homeowners who are at risk of foreclosure.
  • Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act – Restores the rights of women and other workers to challenge unfair pay – to help close the wage gap where women earn 78 cents for every $1 a man earns in America.
  • State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP) Reauthorization – Legislation to cover 11 million children, including an additional 4 million uninsured but eligible kids.
  • Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act – Grants the Food and Drug Administration
  • Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act – Health Care reform legislation which enacts changes to the health insurance market that will translate into the biggest expansion of coverage since Medicare and Medicaid were created in 1965, and the most ambitious effort ever to restrain health-care costs.

Sanchez has been personally responsible for more than 50% of the budget allocations coming to Orange County since she was elected in 1996. She brought $178 million to Orange County schools this year. Sanchez told me “I’m proud of my record in Congress and what I’ve done to help the people of the 47th District. We still have a lot to do, but if the Republicans were to have their way we would be doing nothing at all.”

I would be remiss if I didn’t point out that Congresswoman Sanchez has released her first campaign ad targeting her Republican challenger Assemblyman Van Tran.


  5 comments for “Rep. Loretta Sanchez – No one is working harder for Orange County

  1. Elizabeth Rivas
    September 12, 2010 at 5:01 pm

    Here’s a video that shows Loretta Sanchez lying and going to a Prayer Vigil to campaign. I can’t believe her arrogance! Let’s follow up on this one Chris. Thanks.

    • September 12, 2010 at 5:56 pm


      There is an old phrase; “Be careful what you ask for, you might get it.”

      Here is how the organizers of the “Prayer Vigil” characterized the event:

      Held in Garden Grove, over 200 community members were present – including 7 clergy and 1 congressional representative. Our message was to reform our health care system and to ensure that health care is affordable for low-income families.

      This was a forum about Health Care Reform. They were praying for Health Care Reform.

      Here is the link to the Youtube video that the organizers put out

      The video provides a much more factual context than the one you are promoting.

      Bottom line, Loretta Sanchez was not campaigning at a prayer vigil as you claim. She was speaking on health care reform as requested by the organizers of the event.

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  2. September 12, 2010 at 7:31 pm

    On 4-Nov-1999 Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez voted with Wall Street when she voted to end Glass-Steagall, the 1933 Great Depression era legislation that separated commercial banks, (banks that lent money to business and agriculture), from investment banks that used depositor funds for real-estate and stock market speculation.
    The legislation was: “Financial Services Modernization Act” in the House.
    In the Senate it was called: “Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act”

    There was no Glass-Steagall in Obama’s “Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2009”. There was a Glass-Steagall amendment proposal, but Wall Street & Obama did not allow the Cantwell/McCain Glass-Steagall amendment to be introduced.
    Sanchez should have voted “NO”, but she went with Wall Street and against the people.

    Click on his article of July 15, 2010:
    “Obama – Dodd – Frank Financial Regulation Monstrosity Delays Derivatives Curbs until 2022”

    “Democrats Are Doomed Without Glass-Steagall”

  3. Andrew Hall
    September 13, 2010 at 11:46 am

    Retired Chief Andrew Hall now. Theses are my personal views and do not represent the City of Westminster or Westminster Police Department: No matter what you think of democrats or Congressperson Sanchez, she has not bred and mentored a following of disturbing staff members to extend the reach and depth of misconduct. You need not take my word. Simply Google-search Andy Quach or Tyler (Truong) Diep and see how pervasive the problem behavior extends beyond Van. PLUS, you will only learn what’s been printed and is a matter of public record. An ongoing investigation, for example, will not be available for you to review , nor would you even have knowledge of it. ***SPECIAL NOTE TO THE VIETNAMESE COMMUNITY: I know that you know exactly what I’m talking about. You know it better than I do. STOP allowing your wonderful and proud community to be defined by Van Tran, Andy Quach and Tyler Diep. They bring shame on themselves, their families and their supporters.

    • Claudio Gallegos
      September 13, 2010 at 12:16 pm

      Go Andrew Hall! I can only imagine how frustrating it was to deal with them when they tried to get Andy Quach off on his drunk driving charge. They maligned your officers and tried to impede a police investigation. Shame on them.

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